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AbstractThe evolution of somatic cells is a key aspect in the evolution of single to multicellular life forms. Our model is based on an empirically tested model of the growth of unicellular Chlamydomonas algae and a suggestion by Koufopanou (1994) that the basic mechanism underlying Chlamydomonas growth and reproduction may better explain the diversity of more complex volvocine algae morphologies. Six strains of Pleodorina starrii investigated in terms of the parameters of the model, yielded data for the proportion somatic (p) at various cell number sizes.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Molecular and Cellular Biology